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9/8/2012 1:16:00 PM
2012 Oregon Smiles and Healthy Growth Survey

This fall, the Oregon Health Authority will finish collecting data on 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students in randomly selected schools across the state. The data will be used for two surveys reflecting the status of Oregon student health –The Oregon Smiles Survey and the Oregon Healthy Weight Survey. The Oregon Smiles Survey is an oral health exam conducted every 5 years to assess prevalence of dental problems and treatment needs. In conjunction with the Oregon Smiles Survey, the Healthy Growth Survey is being conducted for the first time to assess weight status for elementary school youth. This is the first opportunity for Oregon to get an accurate, standardized assessment of weight status in elementary school students.

What does this mean?
All student data is anonymous and the results from these surveys will be used to influence policies and programs that support child health. As we know, health and education go hand in hand, and no educational tool is more essential than good health for achieving positive academic outcomes including improved attendance, grades, and standardized test scores. In this way, academic success and improved health boost student chances for a bright and successful future.

Participation in the Survey
If your school is participating in the survey, thank you for your time and important contribution to the health of Oregon children. If your school has been contacted to participate, it’s not too late to sign up for a screening date! For more information please contact Mary Masterson, the Survey Coordinator, at 971-673-0351or at mary.masterson@state.or.us eMail.

Findings will be published in a detailed report, which will be available by Spring of 2013.

Information provided by Oregon Public Health Division
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